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Very little paperwork for the landlord.
FHA will maintain the tenant’s file.
FHA conducts criminal history background checks on all potential FHA clients. Landlords are able to develop their own selection criteria, as well. A participating landlord is not required to rent to a family that does not meet all eligibility requirements.
Low vacancy rates
Because clients are looking for quality affordable and accessible housing, a FHA landlord may not frequently have a vacant property.
Minimal transient behavior
The tenant signs a one year lease in accordance with the Section 8 regulations.
Direct deposit payments
Housing Assistance Payments are made directly to the landlord each month. Payments can be made directly to the landlord’s bank account if the landlord chooses that option.
Low payment delinquency rates
Since tenant’s portion of the rent is based on their income, they are less likely to be delinquent with their rent.
How the program works
Interested families may apply and must be determined eligible by the Housing Authority. Because the Housing Authority can only assist a limited number of families, they may be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list varies depending on the number of applicants. No immediate assistance is available through the Housing Authority. To be eligible for the program the family must have an annual gross income within income limits established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Housing search and approval
When vouchers become available, families are notified by mail and must make an appointment with the Housing Authority to review their case. The Housing Authority will make a final determination of the family’s eligibility. The family will be asked to attend a mandatory briefing where they will receive their Housing Choice Voucher and obtain information about the Section 8 Program. The family is initially given 60 days to find a qualifying home. The home must meet Housing Quality Standards (a list of HQS is provided with this booklet), and its rent must be reasonable. Also, the owner must be willing to rent to the family under established guidelines. When a family finds a suitable unit, the landlord and tenant agree to basic lease terms.
You, the landlord, are responsible for the screening and selection of prospective tenants. The Housing Authority certifies that families are eligible to receive assistance, but does not screen the applicants for acceptability as tenants. You are encouraged to use your normal screening procedures and are under no obligation to lease to a family with a voucher. You must not discriminate against any prospective tenant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion or national origin. The Housing Authority will furnish the family’s current address, their current and prior landlord (if known), upon your request.
Request for Lease Approval
If you determine that the family will be suitable tenants, you and the family will fill out a Request for Lease Approval form. (The family will receive these forms at the briefing). Once this form is completed, it must be submitted to the Housing Authority for approval along with a copy of your lease (a “Model Lease” will be provided for those landlords who do not have their own lease). Your lease must be for at least a I-year period and comply with other state and local laws.
After the Request for Lease is approved, the information will be turned over to the Housing Authority’s inspector. The inspector will call you or the tenant and set an appointment to conduct the inspection. Inspections will be conducted no more than 15 days after the Housing Authority receives the Request for Lease Approval.
You may collect a security deposit as long as it is not in excess of security deposits for the owner’s unassisted units.
Contract and Lease
Once the home passes inspection, the Housing Authority will prepare contracts and a leases (only if you are not using your own lease), for you and the family to sign. The Housing Assistance Payment Contract is a legal agreement between you and the Housing Authority and it outlines your rights and responsibilities as a landlord. We will also be attaching to your lease, a Tenancy Addendum and it will become a part of the lease. This form contains the HUD language required to be a part of the lease. If this lease and the Tenancy Addendum conflict, the Tenancy Addendum overrides your lease. If you use our “Model Lease” then this wording is already incorporated. The dates on your lease and the Housing Assistance Payment Contract must coincide, so you may want to leave the dates blank until it is determined when the Contract will begin, then you can fill in the dates on the lease at that time. The Housing Assistance Payment Contract will show you how much the Housing Authority will be paying in behalf of the tenant and the tenant will be responsible for the balance.
Housing Assistance Payment
The Housing Assistance Payment is the subsidized portion of the rent paid directly to you by the Housing Authority. After all contracts and leases are signed and returned to the Housing Authority, the Housing Authority will send you your first Housing Assistance Payment. Housing Assistance Payments are made on the first working day of each month. The tenant is responsible for their portion of the rent.
Annual Recertification and Inspection
Each year the Housing Authority must reexamine the family’s income, family composition and recalculate the family’s portion of the rent. You will receive notice of any change in the family’s portion of the rent or the Housing Assistance Payment.
The Housing Authority will conduct an inspection annually to assure that the home continues to meet Housing Quality Standards. If the home has deficiencies, the owner is responsible for taking corrective action within 30 days. The Housing Authority will also make special inspections in response to complaints by the tenant or landlord.
After the first year of the lease (or depending on the language of the lease), if you desire an increase in rent, then you must submit your request in writing (and your reason for the rent increase) 60 days in advance. Upon receipt of this written request our office will review it for approval to determine if the rent will still be reasonable. If the rent is determined unreasonable, are office will attempt to negotiate if this amount is not accepted by the landlord, then the tenant will be required to move.
Termination of Tenancy
You may terminate the tenant’s lease (or evict if necessary) for noncompliance with the lease and failure to carry out their responsibilities under state or local tenant/landlord laws. You may not terminate the lease without stated cause. You do have to have “good cause” to terminate tenancy within the first year of the lease.
If the tenant becomes ineligible for assistance from the Housing Authority for any reason, you may continue to lease to the family without receiving payments from the Housing Authority or terminate the lease in accordance with the lease terms.
1. Screen the family to be sure they will be good tenants. You should look at the rental history, credit history and criminal record history.
2. Obey the lease with the family and contract with the Housing Authority. This includes giving certain information to the Housing Authority.
3. Maintain the home to Housing Quality Standards.
4. Follow fair housing and equal opportunity requirements.
5. Notify the Housing Authority if the family does not obey the lease or if there is any other problem with the family.
6. Collect from the family:
- Any security deposit
- The family’s portion of rent
- Any charge to repair damage that the family caused. (The owner is not responsible for a breach of HQS that is not caused by the owner and for which the family is responsible.)
7. Pay for any utilities and services for which you are responsible under the lease.
8. The owner is not the parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother of any member of the family, unless the Housing Authority has determined that approving rental of the unit, would provide reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with disabilities
Download Section 8 Owner Handbook
Section 8 Housing Specialist
479.521.3850 ext. 114